Montreal Restaurants

Montréal has one of Canada's most cosmopolitan restaurant scenes with trendy new eateries popping up regularly, their menus heavily influenced by flavors from around the globe, and often with an added touch of French flair.

Montréal's top dining destinations are plentiful, especially as young chefs move to hip destinations in Mile End and the Plateau areas to open new restaurants. Downtown, convenient to many hotels, finds most of its restaurants clustered between rues Guy and Peel and on the side streets that run between boulevard René-Lévesque and rue Sherbrooke. Rue St-Denis and boulevard St-Laurent, between rues Sherbrooke and Jean Talon, have long been, and continue to be, convenient and fashionable areas, with everything from sandwich shops to high-price gourmet shrines. Old Montréal, too, has a collection of well-regarded restaurants, most of them clustered on rue St-Paul, avenue McGill, and place Jacques-Cartier.

You can usually order à la carte, but make sure to look for the table d'hôte, a two- to four-course package deal. It's often more economical, offers interesting specials, and may also take less time to prepare. For a splurge, consider a menu dégustation, a five- to seven-course tasting menu that generally includes soup, salad, fish, sherbet (to cleanse the palate), a meat dish, dessert, and coffee or tea. A menu dégustation for two, along with a good bottle of wine, will cost around C$250.

Most restaurants will have an English menu or, at the very least, a bilingual menu—but some might only be in French. If you don't understand what a dish is, don't be too shy to ask; a good server will be happy to explain. If you feel brave enough to order in French, remember that in Montréal an entrée is an appetizer, and what Americans call an entrée is a plat principal, or main dish.

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  • 1. Brasserie Harricana

    $$ | Little Italy

    Instagram-famous for its dusty pink chairs and pleasing, contemporary space, this seriously cool brasserie is home to 41 home-brews—sold by the bottle at the boutique...Read More

  • 2. Joe Beef

    $$$$ | Verdun

    Eating out at this establishment in the St. Henri/Little Burgundy neighborhood is a little like being invited to a dinner party by a couple of...Read More

  • 3. Le Filet

    $$$$ | The Plateau

    A study in contrasts, Le Filet has a discreet blink-and-you'll-miss-it façade with a glitzy black-and-gold interior and a hot-spot buzz. Though it's been around a...Read More

  • 4. Le Mousso

    $$$$ | The Village

    Regularly lauded on Canadian best-of dining lists, Le Mousso is run by chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, who dreams up beautifully plated, northern European-inspired dishes that are...Read More

  • 5. Manitoba

    $$$ | Little Italy

    Bringing a taste of the forest to adoring local foodies, food writers, and adventurous eaters, Manitoba was one of the most percussive restaurant openings of...Read More

  • 6. Montréal Plaza

    $$$$ | Rosemont

    You won’t see anything too familiar on the menu at this fresh, light-filled restaurant with its high ceilings, clean white walls and tablecloths, and modern...Read More

  • 7. Verses

    $$$$ | Old Montréal

    The setting—a stone-walled room overlooking the hubbub of rue St-Paul—may be the most romantic in the Old City, and the food here is almost poetic....Read More

  • 8. HVOR

    $$$$ | Verdun

    The clean and minimalistic Scandinavian décor of Hvor, pronounced "vor” (Danish for “here") is the perfect blank slate for the playful flavor and ingredient combinations...Read More

  • 9. Aix Cuisine du Terroir

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Planters of fresh flowers and semicircular banquettes provide a little privacy for couples sharing the seven-hour braised lamb with hashed fingerling potatoes, or the elk...Read More

  • 10. DNA

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    The much-photographed, multitattooed chef, Derek Dammann, is revered by foodies for using the entire animal when creating his out-there dishes of heart tartar, seal salami,...Read More

  • 11. Racines

    $$$ | Old Montréal

    Racines is located inside an old, long, and narrow diner that's been renovated into a sophisticated and gorgeous new space that is reminiscent of a...Read More

  • 12. Le Fantôme

    $$$$ | Verdun

    Equal parts whimsy and polish, Le Fantôme—widely touted as one of Canada's best restaurants—offers an exciting dining experience. Rather than a typical à-la-carte menu, diners...Read More

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